Just wondering what other folks experiences are post ablation. I had ablation on 13th June and all is well so far ( fingers crossed). I felt pretty rough for the first 10 days - I actually think I had a virus prior to the ablation and this made my recovery worse. felt absolutely wiped out. I haven't had any AF but my chest feels tight and I have the same feeling of apprehension in my chest as I used to get just prior to AF - it's as though my heart is raring to go into AF but is being stopped in its tracks. My pulse feels as steady and strong as an Ox! I guess it's just the recovery process. I only found this site post ablation. I wish I had found it before as I was in AF 4-5 hours a day around days a week and it would have been great to get some support.
On reflection I don't think you can underestimate the recovery process. Obviously everyone is different but so much for most of the 'official advice' about being back to 'normal activities' after 2 days!!! I have now gone back to work ( so 2 weeks off) probably could have done with another week. I don't have a physical job but have found it difficult to get my head back into work mode. And feel tired easily,
But hopefully ablation has worked,
On another note I'm a mental health nurse and I don't think you can underestimate the psychological effects of AF. Like others I read on here I thought I was having panic attacks ( had a big AF episode last year - thought it was a panic attack as job was very stressful but ECG showed AF). I have always had palpitations- thought it was possibly linked to anxiety. I think when we go into undiagnosed AF stress hormones are released and makes us feel panicky as well. It's a chicken and egg thing. My Cardiologist is adamant stress has nothing to do with it! I'm not convinced. I know it's difficult to separate these things - needs more research I guess,